As part of ISO’s mission statement to “cultivate a student’s intellect and character” and “promote cultural understanding and community involvement” we have placed a great deal of emphasis on service learning and community building, both within and outside the walls of the campus.
The ISO Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship for
Burkinabè students. The program began in 2006 and has become a huge source of success and pride for our school. Several television documentaries and numerous newspaper articles have focused on the program, its participants and the positive impact that they are having on ISO and Burkina Faso.
The top ten candidates for the scholarships are selected in August based upon the results of the nationwide BEPC exam administered by the Ministry of Education of Burkina Faso. After the names of the top ten scorers have been released, the candidates are invited to ISO to participate in a series of interviews and write an essay. From those ten, two ninth grade students are awarded full four-year scholarships to ISO.
Scholarship students are expected to participate fully in the ISO community, to be leaders and to promote and be exemplars of the ISO mission statement.
Upon graduation from ISO most of these students have gone on to attend overseas universities. These students have won full scholarships to universities in Canada, France, the USA, and Taiwan. Some of these universities are the University of British Columbia (Canada), Sciences Po (France), Columbia University and Dartmouth College (USA), and the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (Taiwan).
ISO hosts a yearly professional development conference called "Teachers Teaching Teachers" (T3) for educators at ISO and in the broader community. Begun in 2009, the series of workshops was originally intended to provide ISO’s teachers with a forum to share ideas with each other and a small number of local teachers. However, T3 quickly expanded to over 140 participants from Burkinabé schools. The workshops are held in French and/or English. They include improving pedagogical practices, activities-based learning and techniques to encourage student participation and learning in all subjects at all levels.
L'ISO organise chaque année une conférence de développement professionnel intitulée "Enseignants, Enseignants" (T3) à l'intention des enseignants de l'ISO et de la communauté plus large. Commencée en 2009, cette série d’ateliers visait à l’origine à fournir aux enseignants de l’ISO un forum leur permettant de partager des idées entre eux et avec un petit nombre d’enseignants locaux. Cependant, le T3 a rapidement été étendu à plus de 140 participants issus d’écoles burkinabés. Les ateliers se déroulent en français et / ou en anglais. Ils incluent l'amélioration des pratiques pédagogiques, l'apprentissage basé sur les activités et les techniques visant à encourager la participation des élèves et l'apprentissage dans toutes les matières et à tous les niveaux.